February 12th, 2006


More pix

And with these, we conclude the update to my gallery, "Been There, Done That," of old Venture Crew pix. (For all the pix, see here: http://pics.livejournal.com/aefenglommung/gallery/0000a7pf .)

The first of these is a pic of me taken cruising Lake Tanganyika in 2001 with the kids of our Trip of the Millennium. I have a Swiss army knife in my mouth.

Then we have collinsmom and Yours Truly posing with Spammy in 2003. We stopped to see The Sum of All Human Knowledge at the Spam Museum ("Believe the Hype") in Austin, Minnesota.

Finally, we have a small chapel at an Interstate rest stop we found on our way to Yellowstone in 2003. Nice of them to provide for all the needs of travelers. "Nevertheless, there remaineth a rest for the people of God."

Pirates of Lake Tanganyika Pirates of Lake Tanganyika

Avast, there, or I'll hang ye from the highest yardarm!
Spammy Spammy

Spam Museum, Austin, Minnesota -- with Deanne (and Spammy).
Wayside Chapel Wayside Chapel

Who knows? This could be my retirement appointment.

beats working

Book review

C.S. Lewis In a Time of War
by Justin Phillips

This book does several things. First, it is a history of the BBC and its adaptation to wartime conditions, beginning in 1939.

Second, it is a history of religious programming on the Beeb. The use of religious programming to meet the needs of national morale is discussed. The larger theme, though, is the cultivation of new talent who could help pioneer a new approach to religious programming, especially in drama and apologetics.

Third, it is the history of that talent learning to use broadcasting as a means of doing what they were already doing. Dorothy Sayers's play-cycle, The Man Born to be King, is fully discussed. But the lion's share of the book is about how C.S. Lewis came to the attention of the Beeb, was persuaded to do four series of fifteen-minute talks which later were published as Mere Christianity, which made of him a national (and international) figure. His later history with the BBC (mostly of stalling and refusing to be used as what we would call today a "talking head") is also given in full.

Finally, the book talks about how the spirit of ecumenism which the Beeb helped foster, and about the reputation of C.S. Lewis as a Christian apologist. Interestingly, Lewis's reputation in England is largely as a children's author; it is in the US that he is mostly known as a theological writer.

Summary opinion: It ain't deathless prose, but it's worth a read.